Blackmagic Releases Footage Taken with 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the 4K production camera, as well as test footage shot with it. Today Blackmagic confirmed they are in the final stages of testing the camera, and released several gigabytes of ungraded 4K footage to the masses for blanket toying with. Though we didn't grade or otherwise edit the footage other than what you see here, we encourage you to give it a shot!

Above is all the test footage combined into one video, but if you want the full 4K resolution, you should download the files directly from Blackmagic and toy with them yourself.

Along with the release came a letter from the CEO of Blackmagic posted to their Forum. Download the footage yourself and let us know what you think!

Letter from Grant Petty, Blackmagic CEO:

"I wanted to do a quick update on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

As I have mentioned previously we have been working hard on redesigning part of the camera due to differences in the production sensors to what we experienced in the early camera builds, however that work is completed now and we are in final testing.

I wanted to post some clips that I personally have shot from the camera as I know people are interested in them. We have other more experienced camera operators out shooting with beta cameras now and they can post more realistic clips with lens details and other shooting information soon, however I wanted to post something now so I thought I would upload some of the clips I have shot personally.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is very different to our other cameras, but I personally think it's quite filmy in its look, even though it's not really a digital film camera but more of a general production camera.

This camera is not a low light camera, however I have included some clips at night so you can see that. I spent a few weeks wandering around with the camera taking some different types of shots. One shot of the jetty has some clipping in the sky to see the affect of clipping. All the shots are ProRes as I did not shoot RAW. I did notice that later when the guys did some more tests on the camera and lens that it was not shimmed correctly so I think the results could be better than this. Some of the shots have different shutter angles and I used standard still camera lenses.

The download is here.

Its a big file at just under 10 GB so it will take a little while to download, but these 4K files are big. Also, I know you might want to color grade these shots so I allowed some clips to be longer at up to 10 seconds for some of them. I think when working in higher resolution, being able to see the movement in the distance in these shots is quite interesting. I will be excited to see if anyone color grades these shots up nice because I am a terrible colorist!

We expect to see some of the DOP's beta testing the camera to post some professional test shots with comments on how the camera performs in a few days. I hope that gives everyone a better feel for the camera. A lot of people think this camera is a similar camera to our other cinema cameras, but it's quite different and so I think these posts will be important so people know what it's like to use.

I think people's relationship to cameras is such a personal and deeply creative connection, so I never really know what will happen with a new camera until it's used professionally. It has been really fun to get time over the last few weeks to use it myself!


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I see you guys are covering a lot more video gear now. I like it...

Glad to hear it! We'll keep it up.

Most of Melbourne's Cliques in one video :D

Ahhh, Melbourne!!! My Melbourne! I recognized Flinders Street Station in the thumbnail :)

All melbournians here :) The place to be ... ;)

Yes, yes and yes!
I miss it so much, it was such a pleasure seeing this footage. I might be coming to visit in June :)

Kinda pointless to watch on a sub 4k monitor tho..:)

I'm scratching my head too. But it's all cool.

@_@ wow the detail @_@ so fine.

holy crap 8 gig file to download. lol

I've always been impressed with their cameras, great output and easy to use. I hate all the cables on RED cameras so having everything in the body is one of my favorite features.

Yeah ... Melbourne. Great to see my hometown here. Just doing photos right now ... and 4K video is far in the future for me. But nice to see. How can anyone check the quality without a 4K monitor? Mhhh ... take the file and crop to fullHd?

Even though it's a 4k camera, you can still shoot in a reduced resolution, or scale down 4k. So it's more about scaled quality rather than the actual 4k quality, since it's a long ways since consumers can effectively view or use 4k.

here are my thoughts: